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Blue Jackets Artem Anismov, Nikita Nikitin, Sergei Bobrovsky and Fedor Tyutin will be their playing for their home country of Russia in Sochi.
It won't be another "Miracle on Ice" — because the Cold War is over, and the U.S. is no longer a huge hockey underdog — but when the U.S. and Russian hockey squads meet this Saturday, it is bound to get interesting.
Especially for Blue Jackets fans, with all four of the team's Olympians (Marian Gaborik was unable to suit up for Slovakia due to a lingering injury) playing for Team Russia, including starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. That makes Bob, playing in his native land, arguably the person under the most pressure in the entire Olympic hockey tournament.
So bright and early this Saturday (as in 7 a.m.), the Jackets are hosting a viewing party at R Bar, with Blue Jackets announcer (and beloved former player) Jody Shelley and former Jacket and Olympian Fredrik Modin present.
The Russian Jackets will be going up against their own coach, as Todd Richards is an assistant on the U.S. team. No Jackets were named to the U.S. team as players (although the awful snub of Jack Johnson seems to have spurred him to playing some of his best hockey as a Jacket of late).
The Sochi time difference offers its own challenges for watching live, but it also means an excuse to wake up early, start drinking beers and watching hockey. I can get behind that.